Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
Oct. 5, 2012
After finger-picking an intro while letting the audience know the song is about having a "little too crazy" friend whose life ended too soon, Potter began "Stars" from the band's latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat.
Having seen Potter a handful of times — from the early days at the Visulite Theatre a few years ago, through festivals like Bonnaroo and larger venues including the Fillmore — I went into the show expecting the usual amount of blues, soul and rock in a high-energy performance.
However, with her stripped down version of "Stars," Potter not only offered a more intimate view of her persona, but exposed another side of her songwriting. While the song has a slow bluesy roll on the album, in this acoustic format, it bordered on country. While Potter could easily become "just another pretty face" with growing popularity and building fame, she still puts the music first.
Clearly having a great time, Potter, in a short black dress and high heels, danced, shook and shimmied her way around the stage as the group played songs from each of its albums, leaning heavily on its latest. The hour-and-45-minute concert was a roller coaster of slow, slinky soulful songs ("Goodbye Kiss"), straight-up rockers ("Stop the Bus") and a few energetic covers.
The group tore through its cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" before wrapping its regular set with the title song off of The Lion The Beast The Beat. The band had one more cover up its sleeve — Heart's "Crazy On You," before closing with "Medicine."
If not for an 11 p.m. curfew, Potter and Co. would have likely kept right on playing until they collapsed from exhaustion.
Crazy On You (Heart cover)